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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Academic Policies and Regulations

This section of the Preliminary 2015-2016 University Catalog includes revisions received after the 2014-2015 catalog's publish date of June 3, 2014. Revisions appear in red.

This Academic Policies and Regulations section is divided into the following subsections. The subsections appear in the following order:

Policies for All Students

The Grading System

Additional Policies for Undergraduate Students

Additional Policies for Graduate Students

Acceleration Mechanisms for Undergraduate Students,
including AICE, AP, CLEP, Excelsior, IB and Military Service College Credit (DSST)


Student Code of Conduct Regulations


Policies for All Students

Attempted Hours
Courses appearing on a student’s schedule after the drop/add period are considered attempted hours. (See the Academic Calendar for the last day to add/drop without fee liability.) Courses that a student drops or withdraws from after the drop/add period are also considered attempted hours. Students will find their total attempted hours in their unofficial and official transcripts. For undergraduate students, attempted hours are used to calculate the Excess Hours Surcharge; click here or see the Excess Hours Surcharge information below. Refer also to the subsection Drop/Add and Withdrawal below for other pertinent information regarding dropped courses, withdrawing from courses and fee liability.

Attendance
Students are expected to attend all of their scheduled University classes and to satisfy all academic objectives as outlined by the instructor. The effect of absences upon grades is determined by the instructor, and the University reserves the right to deal at any time with individual cases of non-attendance.

Students are responsible for arranging to make up work missed because of legitimate class absence, such as illness, family emergencies, military obligation, court-imposed legal obligations or participation in University-approved activities. Examples of University-approved reasons for absences include participating on an athletic or scholastic team, musical and theatrical performances and debate activities. It is the student’s responsibility to give the instructor notice prior to any anticipated absence and within a reasonable amount of time after an unanticipated absence, ordinarily by the next scheduled class meeting. Instructors must allow each student who is absent for a University-approved reason the opportunity to make up work missed without any reduction in the student’s final course grade as a direct result of such absence.

Attendance on First Day of Class
Students are required to attend the first day of class for any course in which they are registered. If a student misses the first day of class for any reason, the student may be administratively withdrawn from the course.

Communication Devices
In order to enhance and maintain a productive atmosphere for education, personal communication devices, such as cell phones, are to be disabled in class sessions.

Course Credits and Levels

The Semester System
Since fall 1981, credits for courses taken at FAU are based on the semester system, with the fall and spring semesters each comprising about 16 weeks and the summer semester comprising about 12 weeks. The summer semester is divided into three terms: summer term 1 is the entire summer semester, summer term 2 is the first six weeks of the summer semester and summer term 3 is the last six weeks of the summer semester. Courses are offered in all three summer terms. All credits awarded by FAU are semester credit hours. Quarter credits may be converted to semester credits by multiplying the quarter credits by 2/3 (i.e., 90 quarter credits = 60 semester credits).

The Trimester and Quarter Systems
FAU began offering courses in fall 1964 with credit based on the trimester system. In fall 1967, when the State University System of Florida switched to the quarter system, FAU began offering courses in quarter credits and did so through summer 1981. Transcripts printed during this period were in quarter credits using this formula: quarter credit = 3/2 trimester/semester credit (i.e., 90 quarter credits = 60 trimester/semester credits).

Course Levels
The level of a course determines whether it is an undergraduate or graduate course and whether it is an upper-division or lower-division course.

Courses at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels are undergraduate courses. Those at the 1000 and 2000 levels are considered lower-division courses; those at the 3000 and 4000 levels are upper-division courses. Courses at the 5000, 6000 and 7000 levels are graduate courses.

Course Numbering System
For more information, refer to Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS), Appendix C in the Appendices section of this catalog and to the SCNS website.

Credit Totals Posted on the FAU Unofficial and Official Transcripts
When looking at your unofficial or official transcript, please note that all credits attempted and earned at any previous institution will be listed. If you repeated any course at an institution, that course will be noted on the transcript as a repeat. Your GPA from each institution attended will also be posted. These courses and GPAs will have no effect on your academic standing at FAU. You will see this work listed under the headings of Institution, Transfer, Total Transfer and Cumulative.

All credits attempted and earned at FAU are posted on your transcript and used for computing your GPA and posting your academic standing (such as good standing, probation, etc.). Any course repeated at FAU using the forgiveness policy will also be noted on the transcript. FAU coursework is listed under the headings of Current Term, Cumulative, FAU Total, Overall and Total Institution.

Any course taken outside of FAU will not affect your FAU GPA nor your academic standing.

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Drop/Add and Withdrawal
Schedule changes may be made by accessing FAU Self-Service, available through MyFAU, by the appropriate deadlines. Drop/add requests and withdrawals also may be made through MyFAU.

For fall and spring semesters, students may add or drop courses during the first week of the term without incurring a fee and without receiving a “W” on the transcript for dropped courses. The Friday of the first week of the semester is typically the last day for adding/dropping courses and changing sections, but refer to the Academic Calendar, as the last day for the drop/add period may vary. Students may continue dropping courses without receiving a “W” on the transcript during the second week of the semester, but they are fee-liable for the courses during this time.

If a student drops or withdraws from a course from the 15th day of the semester through the eighth week of classes, the student will receive a grade of “W” on the transcript and will be fee-liable for the course. The student may use MyFAU during this period to drop or withdraw from a course.

Beyond the eighth week of classes, drops or withdrawals from courses can only be arranged in person in the Office of the Registrar. After the eighth week of classes, a drop or withdrawal results in an “F” on the student’s transcript and the student remains fee-liable.

Dropped courses, specifically those dropped during the second week of the term after the drop/add period, those that receive a grade of “W” on the transcript and those that receive a grade of “F” on the transcript, will count as attempted hours on the student’s record. Refer to the Attempted Hours subsection above for information regarding this calculation and its consequences.

To drop or withdraw from courses during summer terms, students should follow the procedures above, but note the time frames in which to complete the drops. Refer to the Academic Calendar for specific deadlines (and consequences) to drop summer courses.

Proportionate dates for dropping and withdrawing will be established for courses that are offered in less than the normal semester.

Dropping or withdrawing from courses in which the student is involved in academic irregularities is not permitted.

The subsections Refund of Registration Fees and Repeated Enrollment Fee in the Tuition, Fees and Refunds section of this catalog may be of interest.

Exceptional Circumstance Withdrawal (Medical Withdrawal)

Students withdrawing from all classes in the current semester due to exceptional circumstances, such as illness of the student, military conscription, becoming primary care-giver to immediate family member or death of an immediate family member (parent, spouse, child, sibling or grandparent), may receive a refund, less non-refundable fees, if the request for exceptional circumstance withdrawal is granted. Students seeking exceptional circumstance withdrawals should contact the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at 561-297-2656 for the appropriate paperwork or visit www.fau.edu/dean.

FAU Email
FAU's primary source for correspondence with students is through the student's FAU email. Messages sent by the University may include time-sensitive information regarding student accounts, announcements and class information. Students are responsible for checking their FAU email on a regular basis. FAU has partnered with Google to bring students Owl Apps, a Gmail interface that replaces the MyFAU email and includes a 25 GB inbox, among other features. To switch to Owl Apps and for more information about FAU email, visit www.fau.edu/owlapps. For issues with logging into MyFAU, contact the Office of Information Technology Help Desk or 561-297-3999.

Final Exam Period
Fall and spring term final course examinations will be scheduled during the final week of the term (see Final Exam Schedule for current term). Some final examinations may be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays. The summer semesters do not have final examination periods; course examinations may be given at the discretion of the faculty member teaching the course.

Honors Convocation
An Honors Convocation is held each year to recognize high scholastic attainment by individual students and superior teaching by individual faculty members. The program consists of the presentation of various awards to outstanding scholars, the Distinguished Teacher of the Year, the Distinguished Researchers of the Year and Distinguished Service Award recipients.

Graduation Procedure
Students must apply for a degree by the end of the third week of the semester in which they expect to graduate. The Application for Degree form is available here or in the Office of the Registrar. It is the student's responsibility to meet all requirements for the degree. For the deadlines to apply for a degree, consult the Academic Calendar.

Note: Undergraduate students should refer to the expectations for timely graduation elsewhere in this section to ensure the timely completion of their degree.

Graduating Student Survey
As part of the degree application process, all students are required to complete the Graduating Student Survey. This brief online survey provides a snapshot of the student’s post-graduation plans. University funding is tied to FAU's ability to report this information. All graduating students must complete the survey to obtain their official transcript. The link to complete the survey will be emailed to students two weeks prior to the last day of classes. 

Commencement
Commencement ceremonies are held at the end of each fall, spring and summer semester. Candidates for graduation will be emailed (to their FAU email address) specific information regarding participation in the ceremony and tickets for guests.

Admission to Professional Programs
Certain courses of study at the University prepare students for entry into a profession, such as architecture, education, nursing and social work. Admission and retention in these programs may require adherence to a professional Code of Ethics. For the requirements of these degree programs, refer to the specific program’s information in this catalog or to other materials provided by these programs.

Institutional Complaint Process
Students who have a complaint about their educational experience at Florida Atlantic University that is not resolved through internal University procedures may contact the following agencies for assistance:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/complaintpolicy.pdf


State University System of Florida
Board of Governors
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1614
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
www.flbog.edu/contact/_doc/ComplaintFormRevisedFinal.pdf


Office for Civil Rights - Atlanta Office
U.S. Department of Education
61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T10
Atlanta, Georgia  30303-8927
Telephone: 404-974-9406
Fax: 404-974-9471; TDD: 877-521-2172
Email: OCR.Atlanta@ed.gov


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Intellectual Property
As a condition of enrollment, students agree that the FAU Intellectual Property Policy applies to University personnel as defined in that policy in section C.1.b., which includes students involved in research who use appreciable University support. These individuals may be involved in research that could result in valuable intellectual property in which FAU may assert its rights. Students agree to abide by the Intellectual Property Policy of FAU regarding the assignment of intellectual property rights to FAU and the ownership of this intellectual property by FAU. Students further agree that all records that are generated as a part of their research will remain the property of FAU, and upon termination of their research or assistance in research, they will return all such records to their FAU supervisor.

In the event that students are employed by an entity or perform research for an entity other than FAU, which may result in intellectual property, they agree to obtain appropriate prior consent from that entity to the above stated terms.

Policy for the Use of Photographs and Videos
Florida Atlantic University routinely photographs and records video of college and departmental programs and student activities for educational and promotional purposes. These photographs and videos appear in official University marketing, fundraising and educational publications and materials, which include but are not limited to college and departmental brochures and newsletters, University websites (ex. FAU.edu and FAU.com), official University social media sites and other University publications and media outlets. For more information, contact Marketing and Creative Services at (561) 297-2080 or (561) 297-1352.

Religious Accommodation
In accordance with rules of the Florida Board of Education and Florida law, students have the right to reasonable accommodations from the University in order to observe religious practices and beliefs with regard to admissions, registration, class attendance and the scheduling of examinations and work assignments.

Students who wish to be excused from coursework, class activities or examinations must notify the instructor in advance of their intention to participate in religious observation and request an excused absence. The instructor will provide a reasonable opportunity to make up such excused absences.

Any student who feels aggrieved regarding religious accommodations may present a grievance to the director of Equal Opportunity Programs. Any such grievances will follow Florida Atlantic University’s established grievance procedure regarding alleged discrimination.

The Grading System

Undergraduate and Graduate Grading
Florida Atlantic University has a plus/minus (+/-) grading system. Grades for the undergraduate and graduate courses are reported by the symbols indicated in the following table:

  Grade Grade Points per Credit
  A 4.00
  A- 3.67
  B+ 3.33
  B 3.00
  B- 2.67
  C+ 2.33
  C 2.00
  C- 1.67
  D+ 1.33
  D 1.00
  D- 0.67
  F 0.00
     
  AU (Audit) No credit
  CR (Credit by Exam) Credit only
  I Incomplete
  NR No reported grade
  P (Pass) Undergraduates only,
Credit only
  S (Satisfactory) Credit only
  U (Unsatisfactory) No credit
  W (Withdrawal) No credit
  WM (Withdrawal—
Exceptional
Circumstance)
No credit

Administrative Notations
The following notations are not grades and are not assigned by instructors, but are entered administratively on the transcript when appropriate:

  AU Audit
  CR Credit only
  NR No reported grade
  W Withdrawal
  WM Withdrawal
(Exceptional Circumstance)
  ZR Drop retained

The "AU" notation carries no credit and indicates that the student registered for the course only as an auditor.

A "CR" notation indicates that the student received credit for the course by examination (see Credit by Examination later in this section).

The "NR" notation is temporarily added to the transcript by the Registrar's Office when an instructor does not turn in a grade for a student in a particular course by the deadline for submission in the semester the course was taken. The “NR” is not a grade, and courses so marked are not included in the grade point average. When the instructor submits a grade to the Registrar’s Office, the “NR” notation is replaced.

A "W" notation indicates that the student withdrew from the course during the third to eighth week of the semester (see Drop/Add and Withdrawal in this section). The course appears on the transcript, but no credit is awarded and the course is not included in the grade point average.

The "WM" notation indicates that the student was granted an Exceptional Circumstance withdrawal.

The "ZR" notation appears next to courses that are dropped after the drop/add period. Drop retained courses are used in the calculation of attempted hours. This notation appears in the unofficial transcript only.

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Incomplete Grades
Students who register for a course but fail to complete the course requirements without dropping the course will receive a grade of "F" from the course instructor. A student who is passing a course but has not completed all the required work because of exceptional circumstances may, with the approval of the instructor, temporarily receive a grade of "I" (incomplete). The grade of "I" is neither passing nor failing, and it is not used in computing a student's grade point average. The "I" grade is not to be used to allow students to do extra work to raise the grade earned during the regular term. It indicates a grade deferral and must be changed to a grade other than "I" within a specified time frame, not to exceed one calendar year from the end of the semester during which the course was taken.

Effective fall 2006, students cannot graduate from any FAU degree program with a grade of incomplete ("I") on their academic record. Additionally, students pursuing the A.A. degree cannot graduate with an “I” grade on their transcripts.

Effective spring 2010, instructors use the online grading system to enter "I" grades and expectations for course completion. This includes the academic work the student is missing, the deadline for completion of that work and the grade that will be assigned if the work is not completed by the deadline. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor for the timely completion of this work.

Possible ways to resolve "I" grades are:

1. Complete the work required in the "I" grade agreement made with the instructor.

2. Request that the default grade filed by the instructor be immediately recorded. With approval of either the instructor or department chair, a grade of "F" may be recorded if the instructor did not submit the required documentation with the "I" grade.

3. Petition to withdraw from the course, if exceptional circumstances show merit.

Changes to incomplete grades not resolved beyond the one-year deadline require approval at the University level. See Changes of Grade, second paragraph below.

Changes of Grade
Instructors may, for appropriate reasons, change the grade awarded to a student in a given course within one year of the end of the semester in which the course was taken. If the student received an Incomplete ("I") grade at the conclusion of the course and a letter grade was subsequently assigned, that grade may be changed within one year of the date it was assigned. The new grade must be submitted to the Registrar on the appropriate form with the approval of the department in which the course was taught and approval of the dean of that college.

After more than one year has passed, the instructor must submit an appeal letter along with the Registrar's Change of Grade form to the dean of Undergraduate Studies for undergraduate courses and the dean of the Graduate College for graduate courses for an exception to the one-year deadline. This appeal must be endorsed by the dean of the college in which the course was taught and must include documentation of the error that resulted in the assignment of an incorrect grade.

Grade changes other than "I" to a grade (e.g., "A" to "B," or "C" to "B") are documented in college records indicating the reason for the change (error in grading test, miscalculation, etc.).

Academic Actions are recalculated and updated as a result of grade changes; however, no grade changes are processed after graduation for courses used for that degree.

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Grading Information Specifically for Undergraduate Students
The grades of "A" through "D-," "P" and "S" are passing grades, and credit is earned for courses in which they are awarded. Grades of "D+," "D" or "D-," while considered passing for undergraduate students, indicate weak performance. While the credits count toward graduation, some programs require certain courses to be passed with a "C" or better, or some other specific grade, to fulfill requirements for the major. No lower grade, such as a "C-" in this example, will satisfy these program requirements. (See the Degree Requirements section of this catalog for other requirements, such as Gordon Rule courses.) The grades of "F" and "U" are failing grades and do not earn credit.

From fall 1991 through summer 1997, the plus-only system was used in which "B+"=3.50, "C+"=2.50 and "D+"=1.50. Grades earned at FAU during this period will receive grade points according to that system.

Pass/Fail Grading Option
In certain designated undergraduate courses, undergraduates may elect to receive a grade of Pass ("P") or Fail ("F") rather than a standard grade. When undergraduates choose this option, they participate in the course the same way as students enrolled for a letter grade. The instructor is not informed that they have chosen the P/F option until the course is completed. At that time, students who would receive a passing letter grade receive a "P" instead; a "P" grade will be awarded credit but will not be counted in calculating the grade point average. Students who do not achieve passing work receive a grade of "F," which represents failing work and will be counted when calculating the grade point average.

This option is available only to undergraduate students and requires the approval of the college of the student's major; it is not available for courses in the student's major or to students on probation. The maximum credit available to any student on the pass/fail option is one course per term, with a maximum of 12 credits during a student's entire course of study.

Undergraduates wishing to take a course as pass/fail (provided the course is available for the P/F option) must select this grading option by the end of the first week of classes. During the second and third weeks of classes, students must file a petition with their colleges to select the P/F option or vice versa. Such changes will not be considered beyond the third week of classes unless students have not taken a test in the class, not had an assignment graded or not had any other assessment of class work. The only exception to this policy is if the student has transferred to another institution or program that requires a letter grade.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading
Certain courses are designated by the department offering them to be graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis. Unlike P/F grading, S/U grading is not an option for the student, but applies to all students in the course. In such courses, the grade of "S" indicates passing work and will be awarded credit for the course, but the course will not be included in the grade point average. The grade of "U" indicates failing work. The "U" is not awarded credit and is not included in the grade point average.

University Forgiveness Policy (Repeated Courses)
The University Forgiveness Policy permits an undergraduate student to repeat a 1000- to 4000-level FAU course and allow only the last grade to count in the grade point average. The policy permits undergraduate students in a five-year baccalaureate program to repeat a 5000-level course in that program and allow only the last grade to count in the grade point average. The Forgiveness Policy does not apply to non-degree or transient students.

Undergraduates are permitted to apply the forgiveness policy at any time prior to graduation to a grade earned in a course taken during the completion of their degree program at FAU. Students are permitted to apply the forgiveness policy to any grade earned in a course taken at FAU and repeated at FAU. This policy may be applied only twice during a student's undergraduate study at the University and must be requested by the student for each course repeated.

Forgiveness Policy Request forms are available here or in the Office of the Registrar and should be submitted prior to or during registration for the term in which the course is to be repeated. The policy does not remove the previous grade, but eliminates the effect of that grade on the FAU cumulative GPA by removing it from the computation. Grades awarded due to academic irregularities cannot be repeated under the Forgiveness Policy. (See University Regulations, Chapter 4, Regulation 4.001, Code of Academic Integrity.) For transferred courses, grade forgiveness by the prior institution will be honored by Florida Atlantic University.

In the event that a student chooses to repeat a course that is no longer offered by the University, it is the prerogative of the academic unit that offered the original course to either deny the student's request or to designate an appropriate, related substitute course.

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Repeat Course Surcharge
In accordance with Florida Statute 1009.285, any student who registers for the same Florida Atlantic University undergraduate course more than two times will be charged a Repeat Course Surcharge for the third and subsequent enrollments in the course. An undergraduate-level course is numbered at the 1000, 2000, 3000 or 4000 level. All courses that are fee-liable will be counted as a registration. The amount of the charge will be determined each term, but is expected to represent the full cost of instruction.

Exceptions to the Repeat Course Surcharge are individualized study, courses that are repeated as a requirement of a major and courses that continue over multiple semesters. Courses repeated more than two times to increase the grade point average or meet minimum course grade requirements will be eligible for the surcharge.

According to the statute, a student may be granted an exception to the Repeat Course Surcharge upon approval by provost based upon a review of the individual circumstances presented by the student to document exceptional circumstance. Review will be initiated by student petition, which must provide all appropriate documentation to support the claim of exceptional circumstance. A student may appeal only once per course. Petition forms are available for this purpose and can be obtained here or from the Office of the Registrar.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Computation
Except as provided by the University Forgiveness Policy, an undergraduate student's grade point average is computed by dividing the sum of all grade points earned at FAU by the total number of credits in all courses for which the grades of "A" through "F" have been received. Courses in which notations/grades of "S," "U," "I," "P," "AU," "CR," "W," "WM" or "ZR" have been received will not be used in computing a student's grade point average.

Grading Information Specifically for Graduate Students
Passing grades: The grades of "A" through "C," and "S," are passing grades. Note: The grades of "B-," "C+" and "C," while considered passing for undergraduate students, are indicative of unsatisfactory work for graduate students and may not be accepted for some courses.

Failing grades: The grades of "C-," "D+," "D," "D-," "F" and "U" are failing grades. No credits are earned in courses in which grades of "AU," "CR," "F," "I," "U," "W," "WM" or "ZR" are received.

Thesis/dissertation grades: All thesis/dissertation credits receive a grade of "S" or "U."

The grades "S" and "U" are used to indicate satisfactory or unsatisfactory performance in courses approved for such grading. The Pass/Fail (P/F) option is not available for graduate courses.

A student who registers for a course but fails to meet the course requirements, without officially dropping the course, will receive a grade of "F" in the course. See Drop/Add section. In extraordinary circumstances, the faculty may record "NR," which will appear on the transcript as "NR" until the situation is resolved.

Additional Policies for Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Student Classification
Undergraduate student classification is determined by the number of credits completed at all institutions as follows:

  Classification Credits Completed
  Freshman 0-29
  Sophomore 30-59
  Junior 60-89
  Senior 90 or more

Freshmen and sophomores are lower-division students, whereas juniors and seniors are upper-division students. Students who have not received a baccalaureate degree and students who are seeking a second baccalaureate degree are undergraduates.

Acceleration Mechanisms
Several accelerated programs are available to undergraduates. To learn about these, refer to Acceleration Mechanisms for Undergraduate Students, appearing later in this section.

Continuous Enrollment/Catalog Year
A student who has completed at least 1 credit during each academic year is considered to have satisfied the minimum requirements for “continuous enrollment.”

Catalog year determines the set of academic requirements (general education and the major) that must be fulfilled for graduation. A student who has been continuously enrolled at FAU may be awarded a degree by satisfying the degree requirements defined in any catalog in effect during the period of continuous enrollment leading up to graduation. Students must follow a single catalog, not a combination of catalogs, to meet graduation requirements.

For students who earned an A.A. degree from a Florida public community or state college or another Florida public university, the period of continuous enrollment may be extended to include a contiguous period of continuous enrollment at the former institution. Such students may use the FAU catalog in effect at the time they began their most recent period of continuous enrollment at any of the Florida public institutions.

If a required course ceases to be offered prior to a student’s graduation, appropriate adjustments should be recommended by the student’s academic advisor and approved by the dean of the college offering the student’s major. The University will make every reasonable effort to honor the curriculum requirements appropriate to each student’s catalog year.

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Deadline for Declaring a Major
Students who have not declared a major or pre-major (in those programs with pre-majors) must declare a major or pre-major during the semester in which they reach 45 credits. Transfer students who matriculate with 45 or more credits must declare a major or pre-major during their first semester at FAU. Students reaching this threshold will not be able to register for courses until a major or pre-major has been declared. Once approved by the college in which the chosen major is housed, students should complete an Undergraduate Major/Minor Change form and submit the form to the Registrar's Office for final action. Forms are available online. Students in a pre-major must declare a major prior to earning 72 credits, unless given a written waiver of this rule by the dean of their college.

Change of Major
Undergraduate students contemplating a change of major should consult with their advisor. Changing the major requires permission of the new department and satisfaction of the same academic qualifications as for new applicants for admission to that department (see Lower-Division College and Department Requirements and Recommended Courses in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog). To change the major, an undergraduate must satisfy the prerequisite coursework required for the new major. Other restrictions may apply for admission to certain programs. Undergraduates who change their major are subject to the requirements of the new major in effect at the time of the change.

Changing the major to a department in a different college requires the Application for Undergraduate Change of College form, which is available at the Office of the Registrar and in most college offices. The form needed to change the major to a department in the same college is available in the college office.

Double Majors
Undergraduate students may pursue two majors. If the two majors are in different degrees, such as a B.A. and a B.S., students will receive the degree in the major that they have designated as their primary major. A double major does not require a minimum number of hours beyond those necessary for completing degree requirements (120 or more hours). To graduate with double majors, students must first declare the primary college and major of their choice on the application for admission. Then, undergraduates must inform the second college and department of their intent by completing a Second Major form, available in the Office of the Registrar. Undergraduates must consult with both departments to ensure that all courses needed for graduation are completed. The same catalog year must be used for both majors. A minimum of 21 credits must be applied exclusively toward requirements in the primary major. Students may not pursue a double major in the same academic program, such as a B.A. and B.S. in Biology.

Students wishing to pursue a second major and receive two different degrees should refer to the requirements for a Second Baccalaureate Degree, appearing in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.


Excess Hour Surcharge
Florida Statute 1009.286 defines “excess hours” as credit hours that exceed the completion requirements for a baccalaureate degree program at state universities. For students enrolling in a state university or a Florida State College System institution for the first time in or after the fall 2009 semester, a tuition rate surcharge will be applied for excess hours. The surcharge is assessed only on the tuition portion of the semester hour cost, not on the fees. The amount of the surcharge and the allowable “excess hours” are determined by the initial term of entry as indicated below:

1. Fall semester 2009 to summer semester 2011: students will pay a 50 percent tuition surcharge for each credit hour beyond 120 percent in excess of the hours required. For a degree program of 120 required hours this means any credits above 144 will be subject to the surcharge.

2. Fall semester 2011 to summer semester 2012: students will pay a 100 percent tuition surcharge for each credit hour beyond 115 percent in excess of the hours required. For a degree program of 120 required hours this means any credits above 138 will be subject to the surcharge.

3. Fall semester 2012 and beyond: students will pay a 100 percent tuition surcharge for each credit hour beyond 110 percent in excess of the hours required. For a degree program of 120 required hours, this means any credits above 132 will be subject to the surcharge.

In determining excess hours the following will be included when calculating the number of hours taken by a student:

All credit hours taken at FAU, including courses the student fails;

Courses that are dropped after the drop/add period;

Courses that are repeated; exception: repeated courses for which the student has paid the repeat course surcharge as provided in Florida Statute 1009.285;

Courses from which a student withdraws;

Transfer credit earned at another institution that is subsequently applied to the student's degree program at FAU.

The law does allow for exceptions to the excess hour surcharge. For example, the courses taken under the following circumstances would not count as excess hours:

Articulated accelerated credit (e.g., Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Dual Enrollment);

Internship credit;

Certification/Recertification and certificate program credits;

Credits withdrawn due to medical or personal hardship;

Credits taken by active-duty military personnel;

Credits required for a dual major;

Remedial and English as a Second Language (ESOL) credit;

Military Science credits in Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs.

All students should make every effort to enroll in and complete only those courses that are required for their degree program. Repeating courses, changing majors and adding minors that are not required as part of a major may result in excess hours. Students should regularly review their degree audit and consult with an academic advisor to ensure that they are not enrolling in excess hours.

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Good Academic Standing
At Florida Atlantic University, students are in good standing if they are eligible to continue or re-enroll at the University, even if on probation.

Satisfactory Academic Record
To graduate from Florida Atlantic University, an undergraduate must achieve a satisfactory academic record. A satisfactory academic record is defined as an average of "C" or better on all work attempted (2.0 on a 4.0 scale). Certain majors may require higher standards.

Freshman Warning and Academic Probation
At Florida Atlantic University, freshman warning and academic probation mean that either a student's cumulative grade point average or grade point average in any specific term has fallen below a 2.0. These designations are intended to alert students of the need to improve their academic performance.

Freshman Warning
Freshman warning applies only to freshmen who fail to earn a 2.0 average in their first semester. Students on freshman warning are required to meet with their advisors in University Advising Services for special assistance in improving their academic performance.

Academic Probation
Except for first-semester freshmen, all other undergraduate students who fail to earn a satisfactory average (2.0 or higher) on all work attempted in any term are considered to be on academic probation. Students on academic probation who fail to earn a 2.0 average on all work attempted in any term but have a cumulative average of 2.0 or higher at FAU will be continued on academic probation. Students on academic probation who earn a 2.0 average or higher in the next period of enrollment but whose cumulative average at FAU is lower than 2.0 will be continued on academic probation. Undergraduates on academic probation should seek assistance from their academic advisors in improving their academic performance.

Academic probation is removed when an undergraduate student earns at least a 2.0 average in all work attempted during the next period of enrollment and has a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher at Florida Atlantic University.

Suspension and Dismissal
An undergraduate student on academic probation who fails to earn a 2.0 average in all work attempted in any term and who has a cumulative average of lower than 2.0 at Florida Atlantic University will be suspended from the University. If at any time after having once been suspended, an undergraduate student fails to earn a 2.0 average in all work attempted in any term and has a cumulative average of lower than 2.0 at Florida Atlantic University, the student will be dismissed from the University.

Returning After Suspension
A suspended student is eligible to re-enroll after a minimum of one semester and will return on academic probation due to previous suspension. All students returning from suspension are required to meet with an academic advisor, at which time the terms of re-enrollment will be specified. Students suspended with 59 or fewer earned credits will meet with an AcCESS academic advisor. AcCESS Program information may be found in the Student Services and Activities section of this catalog. Students with 60 or more earned credits will meet with an academic advisor in their college.


Returning After Dismissal
A dismissed student, after a minimum of one year away from the University, may seek re-entry by reapplying to the University and petitioning for approval from the student's last college/major. If a student is seeking admission to a college different from the original college, the petition process will include notifying the new college regarding the student's intent. If at any time after having once been dismissed, an undergraduate student has a term and cumulative average below 2.0, the student will be dismissed from the University permanently.

Deferred Probation, Suspension and Dismissal
If an undergraduate student takes a single course (or a single course and linked laboratory) in a term and earns a semester GPA of less than a 2.0, and if this would result in the student being placed on probation or being suspended or dismissed, the action will be deferred until the end of the next term in which the student is enrolled. At that time, any academic action will be based on the grades earned in the "next term" and/or the cumulative GPA. In the event of deferred action, the student's academic status will remain the same action as at the end of the semester preceding the "single course" semester.

Dean's List
The University recognizes superior academic performance at the end of each semester by the publication of a Dean's List for each college of the University. To be included in this list, an undergraduate student must complete a full-time load (at least 12 credits) with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and must rank in the upper 10 percent of the students enrolled in the college. The selection of Dean's List students is based on grades reported on the official grade reporting date for each semester. No changes are made to the list as a result of grade changes and removal of "I" grades. Grades of "NR," "P," "S" and "AU" are not used in determining eligibility for the Dean's List.

President's List
In recognition of superior academic achievement, the President's List is published at the end of each semester of the academic year. This list includes the names of all undergraduate students who have completed 12 or more credits and who have attained a grade point average of 4.0. The selection of President's List students is based on grades reported on the official grade reporting date for each semester. No changes are made to the list as a result of grade changes and removal of "I" grades. Grades of "NR," "P," "S" and "AU" are not used in determining eligibility for the President's List.

Baccalaureate Degrees of Distinction
FAU recognizes superior academic performance by granting baccalaureate degrees of distinction to undergraduates who have earned at least 45 credits at FAU as follows:

cum laude for an FAU average of 3.50;

magna cum laude for an FAU average of 3.70;

summa cum laude for an FAU average of 3.90.

An undergraduate transfer student may qualify for a degree of distinction based on all work taken at the upper division (other institutions and FAU), a minimum of 45 credits, if the student has not completed 45 credits at FAU.

An undergraduate earning a second baccalaureate may qualify for a degree of distinction based on all work completed at FAU, a minimum of 30 credits.

All undergraduates receiving degrees of distinction must be recommended for that distinction by the faculty granting that degree.

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Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students
Florida Atlantic University is committed to ensuring that students admitted as undergraduates will make progress toward their degree and graduate in a timely manner. The University will make every effort to employ the advising and academic support personnel necessary to ensure student success. Students also must take responsibility for timely graduation. They must learn their degree requirements as listed in this University Catalog; they must review their degree audit (DARS) as least once every semester; and they must meet with an academic advisor and review progress toward their degree at least once every semester. 

Expectations for Timely Graduation
Students admitted to FAU as freshmen are expected to complete their degree program within four years. (The typical degree program requires 120 credits. Degree programs requiring more than 120 credits may require one-to-three additional semesters, depending on the program.) To graduate in four years, students must successfully complete an average course load of 15 credits every semester. Students should enroll in summer courses so as to lighten their load in semesters when taking particularly difficult courses and to ensure progress toward their degree. All students entering FAU with fewer than 60 credits are required to earn a minimum of 9 credits in the summer, according to Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.016.

Transfer students who enter FAU with an A.A. degree are expected to complete a 120-credit degree program within four semesters, if they have completed all prerequisites for the program to which they are admitted at the time of initial enrollment at FAU. An additional semester or more may be required for degree programs that require more than 120 credits or for students lacking prerequisites.

Students transferring without an A.A. degree but with credits earned at other colleges and universities, AP/IB credits, and dual enrollment credits should plan on graduating in less than four years, depending on the number of credits transferred. They should work out a plan of study with their academic advisor after enrollment at FAU.

All students who have completed 120 credits or more must only enroll in classes required for graduation. Exceptions are allowed with academic advisor approval only for those students needing to maintain a full-time course load due to financial aid or other requirements. Upon completing all the requirements for their degree, students will graduate and have the opportunity to participate in commencement exercises. Those wishing to take additional courses after meeting degree requirements should consider a second baccalaureate degree, a graduate degree or coursework taken as a non-degree-seeking student.

All students must understand that credits earned in excess of those hours required for the degree may be subject to excess hours surcharges mandated by the State of Florida. Students will need to carefully consider the ramifications of their course selection in consultation with an academic advisor. The addition of a minor or additional courses to their academic portfolio may sound appealing, but it also might result in considerable additional expense and a delay in degree completion. A change of major, too, may have the same results.

Graduation Policy for Undergraduate Students
Florida Atlantic University helps students meet their academic goals by monitoring academic progress toward their degree.

If an undergraduate student has completed his or her respective degree requirements, the academic dean of the student's program confirms this and the student is eligible to be awarded the degree. The University reserves the right to award the degree. Once the degree is awarded, the student must be readmitted to Florida Atlantic University in order to enroll in any courses.

Students pursuing double majors or dual degrees must formally notify their academic dean of their intent. Undergraduate students pursuing dual degrees in different disciplines must obtain formal approval of their academic dean, following established University procedures for such approvals.
For further details, refer to the Double Majors information in this catalog section.

Petitions (Changes below effective fall 2014.)
Academic Petitions Process
Students are expected to be familiar with and to conform to the regulations of the University. An academic petition may be filed when a particular academic requirement or regulation causes undue hardship for the student. Please note that this process does not concern itself with grade reviews (see University Regulations, Chapter 4, Regulation 4.002, Student Academic Grievance Procedures for Grade Reviews) nor does it act on any financial matters, including refunds for dropped classes or withdrawals (see Fee Petitions and Other Petitions below).

Degree-seeking undergraduate students with declared majors submit their petitions to their college's student services office.

Degree-seeking students with undeclared majors
and non-degree-seeking students submit their petitions to University Advising Services.

Non-degree-seeking students should direct their petitions to the college, department or program to which their request applies.

A non-degree-seeking student wishing to withdraw from two or more course(s) must submit a separate petition for each course.


The procedures to file an academic petition are as follows:

1. Petitioner must fill out an Undergraduate Petition form. The form may be picked up at the college's student services office or at University Advising Services. The petitioner must attach any pertinent information in support of the petition (i.e., medical reports, records, verifying letters, memos from instructors,

Note: No petition will be considered without the appropriate documentation. Students should consult their college's student services office or University Advising Services for advice on the type of documentation needed.

2. A typewritten statement describing the extenuating circumstances of the petitioner's request must be submitted with the Undergraduate Petition form.

3. Petitioner must return, signed and dated, the original page of the completed petition form to the college's student services office or University Advising Services, whichever applies.

4. The decision of the college or University Advising Services will be communicated to the petitioner in writing by mail or by email.

5. No petitions will be accepted after the student has graduated with a bachelor's degree.

6. Petitions related to academic withdrawals will not be accepted after one academic year from the end of the semester in which the course was taken.

Academic Appeals
Appeals of petition decisions should be directed to the college dean or, in the case of decisions made by University Advising Services, to the dean of Undergraduate Studies. The decision of the dean (or dean’s designee) constitutes final university action.

Fee Petitions
Contact the Controller's Office if the petition relates to refunds, waivers or withdrawal from courses for other than exceptional circumstances.

Other Petitions
Withdrawal for exceptional circumstances is a type of petition for which the Office of Student Affairs is responsible. This type of petition is discussed in detail in two sections of this University Catalog: above in this section and in the Tuition, Fees and Refunds section.

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Additional Policies for Graduate Students

Academic Appeals
Exceptions to graduate policies and procedures must be submitted for approval using Form 10-Request to Waive a University Requirement. All requests must be reviewed by the degree-granting program, the appropriate college dean and the dean of the Graduate College.

Academic Progression Plan
Graduate students not meeting minimum academic standards may be required to submit a signed and completed Academic Progression Plan (APP) to the Graduate College to continue in their program of study. The minimum University-wide, cumulative GPA requirement for degree-seeking graduate students is a 3.0. Note: Individual graduate programs may specify more stringent or specialized requirements beyond this minimum requirement.

If required to do so, students will develop an APP with their academic advisor or program coordinator, gather the necessary signatures and submit the form to the Graduate College. The advisor or program coordinator may recommend dismissal instead of developing and approving an APP. In this case, the graduate program will initiate the dismissal process.

Students with an approved APP who are successfully following its requirements may continue in their graduate degree program. Students are required to follow the prescribed plan until such time as all conditions in the plan have been satisfied. For a student who fails to meet the requirements stipulated in the APP, the graduate program will initiate the dismissal process unless a revised APP is submitted and approved by the Graduate College. A revised APP will be required if the department does not recommend dismissal, and pending acceptance by the dean of the Graduate College, the student will be allowed to continue in the degree program. A graduate student who is dismissed and subsequently enrolls as a non-degree-seeking graduate student, or as a graduate student at another institution, may not have this coursework count toward fulfilling degree requirements should the student ever be readmitted into the same graduate program at FAU.

Change of Major
Degree-seeking graduate students who change from one major to another must complete a new application, pay a $30 application fee and have their credentials reviewed in the same manner as all other students applying for admission.

Continuous Enrollment
Graduate students are required to enroll for at least 1 credit during at least two semesters (fall, spring or summer) of every academic year in order to remain eligible for the degree. Students who have been admitted to candidacy normally should enroll in the Thesis (6971) or Dissertation (7980) course in their departments. Those who have not yet been admitted to candidacy, but do not need to take additional courses, should enroll in an appropriate Directed Independent Study course or Advanced Research course.

Students who fail to maintain continuous enrollment, as defined above, lose their eligibility for the degree. In such cases, students are required to submit a new application and pay a new $30 application fee. In addition, students may be required to register for additional credits of Directed Independent Study, Thesis or Dissertation in an amount equal to the number of such credits missed while not continuously enrolled.

Full-Time Enrollment and Petitions
For fall and spring semesters: Graduate students registered for 9 or more credits are considered full-time, registrations for 7 credits are considered 3/4-time and registrations for 5 credits are considered half-time. For the summer semester: Graduate students registered for 6 credits are considered full-time, registrations for 5 credits are considered 3/4-time and registrations for 3 credits are considered half-time.

Graduate students may petition to take fewer credits and maintain full-time graduate student status. Students must meet the eligibility guidelines below to submit the petition (Form 10-Request to Waive a University Requirement) and must satisfy at least one of the following four conditions:

1. Master's degree students who have completed all required coursework as listed on their approved Plan of Study and are only enrolled in thesis credits may petition to be classified as full-time graduate students with an enrollment of at least 3 credits.

2. Doctoral degree students who have advanced to candidacy, have completed all required coursework as listed on their approved Plan of Study and are only enrolled in dissertation credits may petition to be classified as full-time graduate students with an enrollment of at least 3 credits.

3. All graduate students who have completed all coursework and thesis/dissertation credits as listed on their approved Plan of Study and are only enrolled to satisfy continuous enrollment requirements to complete their thesis or dissertation may petition to be classified as full-time graduate students with an enrollment of at least 1 credit.

4. All graduate students in their last semester of study, as verified by their approved Plan of Study, may petition to be classified as full-time graduate students with an enrollment of the remaining credits needed to complete their degree.

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Eligibility Guidelines

The following eligibility guidelines must first be satisfied prior to submitting the petition to seek full-time graduate student status. A separate petition must be submitted for each term in which this status is being sought. The student must have:

1. An approved Plan of Study on file in the Graduate College;

2. Maintained continuous enrollment during the previous 12-month period;

3. Enrolled in the minimum number of credits as stipulated by one of the four applicable conditions above.

Leave of Absence
Graduate students who find it necessary to temporarily suspend their studies may apply for leave of absence from graduate study. Leave of absence is intended for students who are unable to pursue their studies at all, rather than for students who are actively working on a thesis or dissertation after completing coursework. Leave of absence is approved by the Graduate College on the basis of the recommendation of the student's faculty advisor, department chair and college dean. To apply for a leave of absence, students use a Form 10-Request to Waive a University Requirement.

Degree-seeking students returning after an absence of more than one year will be subject to the following:

1. File a new graduate admissions application with appropriate documentation.

2. Re-establish Florida residency for tuition purposes.

3. Be in good academic standing (eligible to return) at FAU and at any institution attended since the last period of enrollment at FAU.

4. Provide official transcripts to the Graduate College from any institution attended since the last period of enrollment at FAU.

5. Submit proof of conformity to the Measles Immunization Policy of the State University System for graduate students under the age of 40 who have not previously submitted this information.

6. Students who were enrolled without being fully admitted into a graduate degree program will not be eligible to return.

7. Returning students will be admitted under the catalog guidelines in place at the time of re-admission.

Recency of Credits
No credit that is more than 10 years old at the time the Florida Atlantic University graduate degree is awarded may be counted toward that degree. Credits transferred into or applied to an FAU program are considered earned in the first semester of enrollment at FAU. Note: Individual graduate programs may have stricter recency of credit time limits.

Residence Requirements
All graduate degree-seeking students must register for at least one credit in the term in which the degree is to be awarded. The residence requirement for all graduate degrees will be determined by the graduate program offering the degree.

Satisfactory Academic Performance
To remain in good academic standing, each graduate student at Florida Atlantic University must maintain a satisfactory record. A cumulative 3.0 average must be maintained on all degree requirements listed on the Plan of Study. This is the minimum quality necessary for a graduate degree at Florida Atlantic University. Note: Individual degree programs may have higher academic performance standards.

Transfer Credits

Master's programs may accept a maximum of 6 graduate credits earned from another institution beyond a baccalaureate degree. Doctoral programs may accept a maximum of 36 credits earned elsewhere in an approved graduate program. A maximum of 6 graduate credits earned from another institution in a non-degree-seeking status may be transferred. The Graduate College reserves the right to request a professional evaluation of credits transferred from universities outside the U.S.

Acceptance of transfer credits for a course is dependent upon the following provisions:

1. The student received a grade of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the course to be transferred.

2. The course was taken at a regionally accredited institution.

3. The course is relevant to the graduate program in which the student is accepted, as judged by the graduate or supervisory committee of the department or program.

4. The course is listed on the official transcript received by the Graduate College.

5. The course was completed within six years preceding admission to the program.

Since many graduate programs do not accept transfer credits that have been applied to a completed degree, the student should consult the department offering the degree. See individual departments for particular degree requirements.

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Acceleration Mechanisms for Undergraduate Students

FAU participates in numerous programs that afford students the opportunity to accelerate their degree programs if they so desire. The accelerated programs and policies appear below. Note: Test scores and credits awarded under each program are subject to change when mandated by the state. The scores and credits listed in the current catalog at the time the test is taken will determine the credits that will be awarded. The FAU catalog is the only official source to determine credit to be awarded by FAU for acceleration mechanisms.

Correspondence Courses

Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses

Credit by Examination, including:

Advanced International Certificate in Education (AICE)
Advanced Placement (AP)
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
International Baccalaureate (IB)

Excelsior College Examinations

Military Service College Credit:

    DSST Examination Program

Correspondence Courses – Undergraduates
The University may award up to 10 credits of correspondence coursework toward admission provided the credit earned was "C" or higher and appears on the transcript of a regionally accredited college or university. Acceptability of such credit for advanced standing and/or degree credit will be determined by the individual college. Credit earned in this manner will be treated as transfer credit.

The State University System of Florida offers a program of about 80 courses by correspondence through the Division of Continuing Education of the University of Florida. Courses are offered in each of the following departments: Advertising, Anthropology, Art, Business, Criminology and Law, Economics, Education, English, English as a Second Language, Geography, Geology, Germanic and Slavic Languages, History, Journalism, Latin, Linguistics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Religion, Romance Languages, Sociology, Statistics, Study Skills and Textiles. Correspondence courses are also offered in the professional programs of Dietary Management, Insurance Pre-Licensing, Legal Assistant and Water Management. Program information and course details may be obtained here, or by calling the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Florida: 800-327-4218 or 352-392-1711.

Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses
Undergraduate students within 20 credits of fulfilling their baccalaureate degree requirements and who have at least a 3.0 average may enroll in certain graduate courses for credit with permission of their department chair and the instructor of the course. A maximum of 10 graduate credits, taken before the student has fulfilled the baccalaureate degree requirements, may be applied to a graduate program with the approval of the department. No credits applied toward the undergraduate degree may be used to fulfill requirements for the graduate degree unless specifically approved.

Undergraduate students who do not meet the above stated criteria may petition to enroll in graduate courses. Form 10-Request to Waive a University Requirement may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar or the Graduate College and requires the signature of the student’s advisor, department chair, college dean and dean of the Graduate College. A transcript must be attached to the form.

Credit by Examination – Undergraduates
Credit by Examination may be earned from the Advanced International Certificate in Education (AICE), Advanced Placement (AP) Policy, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Credit will not be awarded for examinations covering the same areas or for comparable college courses already completed. Students are urged to consult with the dean of their college in order to ascertain which examinations would be appropriate for their degree program. A maximum of 45 credits may be earned by examination. Note that although college credit may be earned from AICE, AP and IB examinations, this credit may only be earned while the student is in high school. Credit earned in this manner will be treated as transfer credit.

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Advanced International Certificate in Education (AICE) – Undergraduates
The AICE program is an international, advanced secondary curriculum and assessment program equivalent to the British system of "A-Levels."

Examination Course Equivalent Passing Score Credits
Accounting (AS)

ACG 2021

A-E 3
Accounting (A) ACG 2021, ACG 2071

A-E 6
Art and Design (AS, A) Discretion of faculty

A-E 3
Biology (AS) BSC 1005, BSC 1005L

A-E 4
Biology (A) BSC 1010, BSC 1010L,
BSC 2930

A-E 7
Business Studies (AS) GEB 2011

A-E 3
Business Studies (A) GEB 2011, GEB 2930

A-E 6
Chemistry (AS) CHM 1020, CHM 1020L

A-E 4
Chemistry (A) CHM 1025, CHM 1025L,
CHM 2045, CHM 2045L

A-E 8
Classical Studies (AS) CLA 1010

A-E 3
Computing (AS) CGS 1073

A-E 3
Computing (A) CGS 1073, CGS 1074

A-E 6
Design & Technology (AS) ETI 1482C

A-E 3
Design & Technology (A) ETI 1482C, ETI 2930

A-E 6
Economics (AS) ECO 1000

A-E 3
Economics (A) ECO 2013, ECO 2023

A-E 6
English (AS) (English Language or
Language and Literature in English)

ENC 1101 A-E 3
English (AS) (Literature in English) ENC 1101 or ENC 1102*

A-E 3
English (A) (Literature in English) ENC 1101, ENC 1102 or
ENC 1102, LIT 2100

A-E 6
Environmental Management (AS) EVR 2017

A-E 3
French Language (AS) FRE 1121

A-E 4
French Literature (AS) FRW 2930

A-E 3
French Language (A) FRE 2220, FRE 2221

A-E 8
Further Mathematics (A) MAC 2311, MAC 2312

A-E 8
General Paper IDS 1110

A-E 3
Geography (AS) GEA 2000

A-E 3
Geography (A) GEA 2000, GEO 2200C

A-E 6
German Language (AS) GER 1121

A-E 4
German Language (A) GER 2220, GER 2221

A-E 8
Global Perspectives I (AS) ISS 1011 or ISS 1013

A-E 3
Global Perspectives Pre-U Independent Research II (A)

ISS 1011 and ISS 1012 A-E 6
History (AS) Discretion of faculty

A-E 3
History (A) Discretion of faculty

A-E 6
Latin (AS) LAT 1121

A-E 4
Marine Science (AS) OCE 2001

A-E 3
Marine Science (A) OCE 2001, OCB 2000

A-E 6
Mathematics (AS) MAC 1147

A-E 4
Mathematics (A) MAC 2311

A-E 4
Music (AS) MUH 1001

A-E 3
Music (A) MUH 1001, MUH 1011

A-E 6
Physics (AS) PHY 1020, PHY 1020L

A-E 4
Physics (A) PHY 2053, PHY 2053L,
PHY 2054, PHY 2054L

A-E 8
Psychology (AS) PSY 1012

A-E 3
Psychology (A) PSY 1012, PSY 2930

A-E 6
Sociology (A) SYG 1000

A-E 3
Spanish Language (AS) SPN 1121

A-E 4
Spanish Literature (AS) SPW 2930

A-E 3
Spanish Language (A) SPN 2220, SPN 2221

A-E 8
Thinking Skills (AS) PHI 2100

A-E 3
Thinking Skills (A) PHI 2100, PHI 2930

A-E 6
Travel and Tourism (AS) HFT 1000

A-E 3
Travel and Tourism (A) HFT 1000, HFT 2930

A-E 6

* Award credit for ENC 1102 if student has credit for ENC 1101.

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Advanced Placement (AP) – Undergraduates
Advanced Placement (AP) examinations are given at the end of the year in high school Advanced Placement courses. Students may earn credits for Advanced Placement examinations taken in high schools as specified below. Credit will not be awarded for both AP and CLEP examinations covering the same course material. Official test scores sent directly from the testing center to Florida Atlantic University are required in order to award credit. To request official scores and for information visit www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html or call 888-225-5427 or 609-771-7300.

Examination Course Equivalent Passing Score Credits
Art History ARH 2000

3 3
Art History ARH 2000, ARH 2051

4-5 6
Biology BSC 1005, BSC 1005L

3 4
Biology BSC 1010, BSC 1010L

4 4
Biology BSC 1010, BSC 1010L,
BSC 1011, BSC 1011L

5 8
Calculus AB MAC 2311

3-5 4
Calculus BC MAC 2311

3 4
Calculus BC MAC 2311, MAC 2312

4-5 8
Calculus AB (subscore) MAC 2311

3-5 4
Chemistry CHM 1020, CHM 1020L

3 4
Chemistry CHM 2045, CHM 2045L

4 4
Chemistry CHM 2045, CHM 2045L
CHM 2046, CHM 2046L

5 8
Chinese Language and Culture FOL 2220

3 4
Chinese Language and Culture FOL 2220, FOL 2221

4-5 8
Computer Science A CGS 1075

3-5 3
Economics/Macro ECO 2013

3-5 3
Economics/Micro ECO 2023

3-5 3
English (Language/Composition) ENC 1101

3 3
English (Language/Composition) ENC 1101, ENC 1102

4-5 6
English (Literature/Composition)* ENC 1101 or LIT 1005

3 3
English (Literature/Composition)* ENC 1101 and
ENC 1102 or
ENC 1102 and LIT 1005

4-5 6
Environmental Science ISC 2051

3-5 3
European History WOH 2022

3 3
European History WOH 2012, WOH 2022

4-5 6
French Language and Culture FRE 2220

3 4
French Language and Culture FRE 2220, FRE 2221

4-5 8
German Language and Culture GER 2220

3 4
German Language and Culture GER 2220, GER 2221

4-5 8
Government/Politics Comparative INR 2002

3-5 3
Government/Politics U.S. POS 2041

3-5 3
Human Geography GEA 2000

3-5 3
Italian Language and Culture ITA 2220

3 4
Italian Language and Culture ITA 2220, ITA 2221

4-5 8
Japanese Language and Culture JPN 2220

3 4
Japanese Language and Culture JPN 2220, JPN 2221

4-5 8
Latin LNW 2700 or LNW 2321 3-5 3
Music Theory MUT 1001**

3-5 2
Music Theory MUT 1111,***
MUT 1241

3-5 4
Physics B PHY 2053, PHY 2053L

3 4
Physics B PHY 2053, PHY 2053L,
PHY 2054, PHY 2054L

4-5 8
Physics C/Electrical PHY 2054, PHY 2054L

3 4
Physics C/Electrical PHY 2049, PHY 2049L

4-5 5
Physics C/Mechanical PHY 2053, PHY 2053L

3 4
Physics C/Mechanical PHY 2048, PHY 2048L

4-5 5
Psychology PSY 1012

3-5 3
Russian Language and Culture FOL 2220

3 4
Russian Language and Culture FOL 2220, FOL 2221

4-5 8
Spanish Language SPN 2220

3 4
Spanish Language SPN 2220, SPN 2221

4-5 8
Spanish Literature SPW 2930

3 3
Spanish Literature SPW 2930, SPW 2930

4-5 6
Statistics STA 2023

3-5 3
Studio Art/Drawing Portfolio ART 1300C

3-5 3
Studio Art/2-D Design Portfolio ART 1201C

3-5 3
Studio Art/3-D Design Portfolio ART 1203C

3-5 3
U.S. History AMH 2010

3 3
U.S. History AMH 2010, AMH 2020

4-5 6
World History WOH 2022

3-5 3

* Based on previous credit earned.
** MUT 1001 if composite score is 3 or higher.
*** MUT 1111 and MUT 1241 if both aural and non-aural subscores are 3 or higher.

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College Level Examination Program (CLEP) – Undergraduates
Undergraduate students may earn credits from the CLEP examinations provided they have not received comparable college credit in the CLEP examination area or have not completed a more advanced course in which the accumulation of knowledge or skills in the examination is essential. Minimum scores are subject to change at any time. Official scores must be sent to FAU from the testing center. Scores cannot be posted from other institutions' transcripts. To obtain official scores, visit www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/scores.html for a Transcript Request form and other pertinent information or call 800-257-9558.

Examination Course Equivalent Passing Score Credits
Accounting, Financial ACG 2021

50 3
Algebra, College MAC 1105

50 3
American Government POS 2041

50 3
American Literature AML 2010

50 3
Biology BSC 1005

50 3
Business Law, Introductory BUL 2241

50 3
Calculus MAC 2233

50 3
Chemistry CHM 1020C

50 3
College Composition ENC 1101, ENC 1102

50 6
Educational Psychology, Introduction to EDP 2002

50 3
English Literature ENL 1000

55 3
French Language FRE 1120

50 4
French Language FRE 1120, FRE 1121

59 8
German Language GER 1120

50 4
German Language GER 1120, GER 1121

60 8
History of U.S. 1 AMH 2010

50 3
History of U.S. 2 AMH 2020

50 3
Human Growth and Development DEP 2004

50 3
Humanities HUM 2235

50 3
Information Systems and Computer Applications

ISM 2000 50 3
Macroeconomics, Principles of ECO 2013

50 3
Management, Principles of MAN 2021

50 3
Marketing, Principles of MAR 2011

50 3
Mathematics, College MGF 1107

50 3
Microeconomics, Principles of ECO 2023

50 3
Precalculus MAC 1140

50 3
Psychology, Introductory PSY 1012

50 3
Sociology, Introductory SYG 1000

50 3
Spanish Language SPN 1120

50 4
Spanish Language SPN 1120, SPN 1121

63 8
Western Civilization 1 WOH 2012

50 3
Western Civilization 2 WOH 2022

50 3

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International Baccalaureate (IB) – Undergraduates
Florida Atlantic University will award credit based on scores achieved on IB diploma program examinations.

Students will be awarded up to 30 credits. Students with a score of 4 on subject areas will receive 3-4 credits for each examination. Students with a score of 5 or above will receive 6-8 credits.

Students who are awarded IB credit for ENC 1101, ENC 1102 or MAC 1105 will receive Gordon Rule credit for these courses.

Examination Course Equivalent Passing Score Credits
Biology BSC 1005, 1005L

4 4
Biology BSC 1005, BSC 1005L,
BSC 1010, BSC 1010L

5-7 8
Business and Management GEB 2011

4 3
Business and Management GEB 2011, MAN 1930

5-7 6
Chemistry CHM 1020C

4 3
Chemistry CHM 1020C,
CHM 2045, CHM 2045L

5-7 7
Computer Science ISM 2000

4 3
Computer Science ISM 2000, Elective

5-7 6
Design Technology ETI 1410

4 3
Design Technology ETI 1410, ETI 2930

5-7 6
Economics ECO 1000

4 3
Economics ECO 2013, ECO 2023

5-7 6
Ecosystems and Societies EVR 2017

4 3
Ecosystems and Societies EVR 2017, EVR 2930

5-7 6
English A1 ENC 1101*

4 3
English A1 ENC 1101*, ENC 1102*

5-7 6
Environmental Systems
EVR 2017

4 3
Environmental Systems EVR 2017, EVR 2930

5-7 6
Film Studies FIL 2000

4 3
Film Studies FIL 2000, Elective

5-7 6
French FRE 1121

4 4
French FRE 1121, FRE 2220

5-7 8
Further Mathematics (Advanced Mathematics) MHF 1202

4 3
Further Mathematics (Advanced Mathematics) MHF 1202, MHF 1209

5-7 6
Geography GEA 2000

4 3
Geography GEA 2000, GEO 2200C

5-7 6
German GER 1121

4 4
German GER 1121, GER 2220

5-7 8
History (all)** WOH 2022

4 3
History (all)** WOH 2022, WOH 2012 or
AMH 2010, AMH 2020

5-7 6
Information and Technology
for a Global Society

Elective 4 3
Information and Technology
for a Global Society

Electives 5-7 6
Islamic History Elective

4 3
Islamic History Electives

5-7 6
Japanese JPN 1121

4 4
Japanese JPN 1121, JPN 2220

5-7 8
Latin LAT 2220

4 4
Latin LAT 2220, LNW 2930

5-7 7
Math Methods MAC 1105*

4 3
Math Methods MAC 1105*, MAC 1140

5 6
Math Methods MAC 1140, MAC 2233

6-7 6
Math Studies MAT 1033

4 3
Math Studies MAT 1033, MGF 1106

5-7 6
Mathematics MAC 1147

4 4
Mathematics MAC 1147, MAC 2233

5 7
Mathematics MAC 2233, MAC 2311

6-7 7
Music MUL 2010

4 3
Music MUL 2010 and additional lower-level course determined by institution

5-7 6
Philosophy PHI 2010

4 3
Philosophy PHI 2010 plus one
other PHI course

5-7 6
Physics PHY 1020, PHY 1020L

4 3
Physics PHY 2053, PHY 2053L,
PHY 2054, PHY 2054L

5-7 8
Psychology PSY 1012

4 3
Psychology PSY 1012 and a 1000-
or 2000-level course determined by institution

5-7 6
Social Anthropology ANT 2410

4 3
Social Anthropology ANT 2410 and a 1000-
or 2000-level course determined by institution

5-7 6
Spanish SPN 1121

4 4
Spanish SPN 1121, SPN 2220

5-7 8
Theatre Arts THE 2000

4 3
Theatre Arts THE 2000 and a 1000- or 2000-level (min. 3 credits), one semester elective course***

5-7 6
Visual Arts ART 1014

4 3
Visual Arts ART 1014, ARH 2000

5-7 6

* Students who are awarded IB credit will receive Gordon Rule credit for these courses.

** All students study 20th century world history. Students also study a 100-year period between 1750 and the present in one of several regions. The second course for which credit is awarded is dependent on the area of specialization.

*** The elective course must be in theatre history, performance, stagecraft, theory or literature, depending on student's strengths.

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Excelsior College Examinations – Undergraduates
The table below provides information related to the Excelsior exam and subtest areas for which credit is awarded. More detailed information can be found at www.excelsior.edu.

Examination Course Equivalent
(all courses receive 3 credits)
Passing Score
Abnormal Psychology CLP 1140

45
English Composition ENC 1101

40 (Form E-41)

Ethics: Theory and Practice PHI 1630

46
Foundations of Gerontology GEY 1000

46
Human Resources Management MAN 1300

44
Lifespan Developmental Psychology DEP 2004

45
Microbiology MCB 1000

45
Psychology of Adulthood and Aging DEP 1401

45


Military Service College Credit – Undergraduates

Consistent with Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.013, Military Veterans and Active Duty, students who are or were members of the United States Armed Forces may earn appropriate academic college credit for college-level training and education acquired in the military. College credit will be granted to students with military training and coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE), subject to institution transfer practices and limitations on amount, level, etc., of transfer credit. Military training coursework will be subject to the same treatment as any other transfer credit evaluated, with the utilization of the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services for determining equivalency and alignment of military coursework with applicable University courses. If the coursework fulfills a general education, major course, and/or degree requirement, consistent with the college/department policy, the credit will be granted for meeting that requirement toward graduation. Applicable course credit may include elective course credit toward the degree.

To apply for such credit, military veterans or active duty service members should submit one of the following forms of documentation and/or evidence of appropriate test scores on the DSST Examination Program (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) in college and technical subjects. See DSST exams and scores below the required documentation details.

Required Documentation

For the United States Army, United States Coast Guard, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy:
Request a military transcript from https://jst.doded.mil or DD214/DD295 Course Completion Certificates

For the United States Air Force:
Request a Community College of the Air Force transcript (if applicable) from
http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp or DD214/DD295 Course Completion Certificates

For the Department of Defense:

Request a Defense Language Institute transcript (if applicable) from http://www.dliflc.edu/dlitranscripts.html

DSST Examination Program – Undergraduates  
The table below provides information related to the DSST exams. For more details, visit www.getcollegecredit.com.

Examination Course Equivalent
(all courses receive
3 credits)
Passing Score Passing Score for 2008 Revised Exams
A History of the Vietnam War AMH 2059

44  
Art of the Western World ARH 2000

48  
Astronomy AST 2002

48  
Business Law 2 BUL 4422

44  
Business Math QMB 1001

48  
Criminal Justice CCJ 1000

49 400
Environment and Humanity EVR 2017

46  
Ethics in America PHI 1630

46 400
Foundation of Education EDF 1002

46  
Fundamentals of College Algebra MAT 1033

47 400
Fundamentals of Counseling PCO 2202

45  
General Anthropology ANT 2000

47  
Here's to Your Health HSC 2100

48 400
Human Resource Management MAN 4301

46  
Human/Cultural Geography GEO 1400

48  
Introduction to Business GEB 2011

46  
Introduction to Computing
ISM 2000

45 400
Introduction to Law Enforcement CCJ 1100

45  
Introduction to the Modern Middle East ASH 1044

47  
Introduction to World Religions REL 2300

48 400
Lifespan Developmental Psychology DEP 2004

46  
Management Information Systems ISM 3011

46 400
Money and Banking ECO 4223

48  
Organizational Behavior MAN 3025

48  
Personal Finance FIN 3140

46 400
Physical Geology GLY 2010C

46  
Principles of Finance FIN 3403

46  
Principles of Financial Accounting ACG 2021

47  
Principles of Physical Science 1 PSC 2121

47  
Principles of Public Speaking SPC 2608

47  
Principles of Statistics STA 1014

48 400
Principles of Supervision MNA 1345

46  
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union EUH 1066

45  
Substance Abuse HSC 1140

  400
Technical Writing GEB 3213

46  
The Civil War and Reconstruction AMH 1056

47  

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Student Code of Conduct Regulations

Responsibility and Discipline
Florida Atlantic University is dedicated to the intellectual, social and moral development of students in order to provide responsible leaders who can work effectively in a democratic society.

Under the authority granted by the Florida Board of Governors, the University has the right and responsibility to determine who shall be admitted to the institution, the conduct or behavior acceptable to the institution and under what conditions one may continue as a student. As a condition for admission to the University, students agree to abide by the policies and regulations of the institution. The President of the University has responsibility for student conduct and discipline. That responsibility shall be exercised through the University Student Code of Conduct, which is administered through the Office of Student Conduct, a department within the Division of Student Affairs.

Every student is subject to federal and state law, respective county and city ordinances and all Florida Board of Governors and University rules and regulations. Violations of these laws, ordinances or rules and regulations may subject the violator to appropriate disciplinary action by University authorities.

The President or approved designee shall have the authority, after notice to the student of the charges and a hearing thereon, to expel or otherwise discipline any student found to have violated a rule or regulation of the Florida Board of Governors or the University or any law or ordinance.

The President or approved designee shall have the authority to order any student to cease and desist any activity that in the President's or designee's judgment disrupts the orderly operation of the institution. Any student failing to abide by the cease and desist order shall be subject to interim suspension pending a hearing.

The conviction of a student for a criminal offense of a kind that interferes with the educational or orderly operation of the University or of a kind which, if the student were allowed to remain enrolled, would endanger the health, safety or property of members of the academic community, shall be sufficient grounds for expulsion or other disciplinary action against such student.

Except as provided above, in all student violations of non-academic rules and regulations, a student shall be afforded adequate notice of charges, a reasonable time to answer, a fair and impartial hearing and a decision. The final administrative appeal shall be to the President or approved designee who may reopen the hearing, order a new hearing or accept determination of sanctions. In the conclusion of the appeal process, the decision of the President or president's designee shall be final. For full details of the FAU Student Code of Conduct, see University Regulation 4.007.

Code of Academic Integrity
Florida Atlantic University students are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards. Academic dishonesty is considered a serious breach of these ethical standards because it interferes with the University mission to provide a high-quality education in which no student enjoys an unfair advantage over any other. Academic dishonesty is also destructive of the University community, which is grounded in a system of mutual trust and places high value on personal integrity and individual responsibility.

The FAU Code of Academic Integrity describes the expectations for students' ethical academic conduct and the procedures for charging a student with a violation of the Code. It also outlines the procedures for students to appeal such charges.

Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, the following:
(A)  Cheating

i.  The unauthorized use of notes, books, electronic devices or other study aids while taking an examination or working on an assignment.

ii.  Providing unauthorized assistance to or receiving assistance from another student during an examination or while working on an assignment.

iii.  Having someone take an exam or complete an assignment in one's place.

iv.  Securing an exam, receiving an unauthorized copy of an exam or sharing a copy of an exam.

(B)  Plagiarism

i.  The presentation of words from any other source or another person as one's own without proper quotation and citation.

ii.  Putting someone else's ideas or facts into your own words (paraphrasing) without proper citation.

iii.  Turning in someone else's work as one's own, including the buying and selling of term papers or assignments.

(C)  Other Forms of Dishonesty

i.  Falsifying or inventing information, data or citations.

ii.  Failing to comply with examination regulations or failing to obey the instructions of an examination proctor.

iii.  Submitting the same paper or assignment, or part thereof, in more than one class without the written consent of both instructors.

iv.  Any other form of academic cheating, plagiarism or dishonesty.

For full details of the FAU Code Academic Integrity, see University Regulation 4.001.

University Regulations
Additional rules regarding student responsibility and discipline and a host of other regulations are set out in the Florida Atlantic University Regulations. University Regulations are subject to change without notice. For the University Regulations in effect at any given time, visit www.fau.edu/regulations.

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